Ramat Niseko is located in Hirafu Village approximately 150km away from Sapporo, the largest city on the island of Hokkaido (Japan).
The closest airport to Nisek’s affordable ski lodge is the Sapporo – Chitose Airport which is situated near Sapporo.
If you are flying internationally it is recommended to try and fly directly to Sapporo – Chitose Airport. This is because the Tokyo international airport, Narita, is 90 minutes away from the domestic airport, Haneda, where you catch most connecting flights to Sapporo. If you can’t avoid Tokyo please check with your travel agent regarding which airport you will be connecting to your domestic flight. JAL do offer some connecting flights to Sapporo from the Tokyo international airport.
We recommend travelling via Osaka if you can’t fly directly to Sapporo. Skymark Airlines, JAL, ANA, and Airdo are the domestic flight carriers in Japan.
|Flight time to Tokyo & Osaka|
|Los Angeles||11 hours|
|Flight time to Sapporo|
|Hong Kong||5 hours|
By Bus or Train
This is the recommended method of getting to Niseko from the airport. The bus leaves directly from the airport and drops you in the middle of Niseko Grand Hirafu village where we will be waiting to pick you up.
The bus check-in counters are just 20 metres away from the JAL arrivals area and have English speaking staff. For a return trip it costs around ¥8,000 ($95 AUD) and ¥4,000 ($50 AUD) for a one-way trip.
The trip is around 2.5 hours with a refreshments and toilet break along the way. The busses are large coaches and easily fit all of your ski gear whilst being very comfortable.
Please note that when booking flights to New Chitose Airport, be aware that the last bus transfer leaves the airport at about 9.30pm, therefore please make sure you arrive no later than 8.30pm (domestic) or 7.30pm (International) so you have ample time to collect your baggage and go to the bus station. Also on your departure the earliest bus arrives at New Chitose airport at 10.40am so please book flights that depart after 11.40am.
Train is the second best method of getting to Niseko (Kutchan is actually the closest station to the lodge).
The downsides are that you usually have to change trains in Otaru which can have a waiting time anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes and storing ski gear on the train can be difficult. The standard train usually costs around ¥3,500 ($40 AUD) one way to Kutchan.